A pair of Russian multi-millionaires reportedly tried to outspend each other in a London nightclub this week, racking up a combined drinks tab of more than $220,000 in one very boozy evening, according to US website CNBC.
It was reported that the unnamed businessmen were holding court in a private members function at the newly opened Kitsch nightclub and kicked off a spending race by ordering rounds of high-end champagnes Cristal and Dom Perignon at $2330 (per magnum) and $550 (per bottle) respectively.
The eventual drinks tab, delivered to the pair at 2.40am, totted up to £66,778.91 ($112,853) and £64,279.70 ($108,640) respectively, with the owner of the biggest bill reportedly jumping up and down and waving his receipt to celebrate.
The winner's tab included 30 magnums of Cristal, 20 bottles of Dom Perignon, seven bottles of 1998-vintage Krug champagne and two magnums of Belvedere vodka.
His vanquished rival ordered 64 bottles of Dom Perignon, 25 bottles of Cristal, 20 bottles of Ace of Spades champagne, 12 bottles of Dom Perignon Rose and eight bottles of Bella Epoque Rose.
Between them, the two parties also consumed 20 “Crack Baby” cocktails, 10 shots of 18-year-old Glenmorangie whisky, 10 Peroni beers, seven mojito cocktails, 44 cans of Red Bull energy drink and just 14 bottles of water.
The service charge – or tip – on the winner's bill came to £8710.29 ($14,720) alone.
A nightclub patron told London's Evening Standard newspaper: "It was one of the most bizarre nights I've ever seen. These two guys were competing with each other to buy more and more champagne — each time one would buy five bottles the other would order six, then seven, then eight.
"There was a massive crowd of stunning women around each table in no time and frankly these guys needed some help drinking it all anyway.”
It's the latest episode in a growing list of stories of conspicuous consumption by ultra-rich Russian businessmen, who enjoy spending their wealth in public as a way to prove their success.